Cascade Ultra Pima may just be that perfect summer yarn. It comes in generous 220 yard hanks of 100% pima cotton. Pima Cotton is a high-quality cotton yarn that was developed in the United State when farmers cross-bred Egyptian cotton with local American cottons. Ultra Pima is a mercerised cotton, which means that it has been treated to increase the yarn's luster and softness. It is definitely one of the softest cotton yarns I have ever felt; this yarn looks and feels like silk because of its sheen and drapiness.
Here's the best part: Ultra Pima is machine-washable AND machine-dryable! Last time a representative from Cascade Yarns visited us, she showed us a sample garment knit from Ultra Pima. Pat and I both admired the lacy summer top and I loved the soft, silky feel of the garment. But I was most surprised when the representative told us that this very garment had been washed and dried by machine. I am sure I am not the only knitter who has had cotton projects that got 'crunchy' or stiff-feeling after they were accidentally washed or dried in the machine. Not only did it feel great, it also retained its shape and size.
Finally, the price-point of Ultra Pima is a big selling point for me. For 220 yards, this yarn only costs $9.50. Many summer tops take less yardage than winter garments, so if I bought 5 hanks, it could only cost $47.50. Being able to knit or crochet a garment for under $50 in natural fibers is a win in my book! I could also see this being an ideal yarn for baby or child garments because of its durable nature and soft feel.
We currenty have 9 colors of Ultra Pima in stock (the 3 pictured colors are brandnew!) and we can always special-order additional colors from Cascade Yarns. So stop by and check out my 'Pick of the Week'-Cascade Ultra Pima!